Thursday, April 18, 2019

Slap Game

This is a pretty entertaining animated story about how one of the producers of Game of Thrones decided to play the "Slap Game" with Jason Momoa one night at a bar. You can imagine how that might have turned out. Enjoy.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Strike up the band

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It looks like Netflix is going to produce the revival of The Boys In The Band that played on Broadway last year for a limited time...

Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer and the entire Broadway cast of last year’s The Boys in the Band will reunite, along with director Joe Mantello, for a Netflix film adaptation, producer Ryan Murphy announced today. 

“The Broadway cast of Boys was so important to me,” Murphy wrote in an Instagram post, “and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley’s seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud…and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart’s landmark play.” 

The 15-week limited engagement closed on Aug. 11, 2018, following a record-breaking run at the Booth. The production recouped its $3.5 million investment in the 11th week of its run, and in its final week smashed the Booth’s house record, taking a weekly gross of $1,152,649 (the theater’s previous record holder was 2015’s The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, with $1,113,192).

Murphy will be produce the film with David Stone and Ned Martel, with a debut on Netflix in 2020.

I am really excited that this is going to happen, since I couldn't see it last year on stage in NYC.

I love Netflix.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Georgia Engel

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Very sad news today...

Georgia Engel, who earned two Emmy noms for playing Ted Baxter’s significant other Georgette Franklin on The Mary Tyler Moore and three consecutive for Everybody Loves Raymond, has died. She was 70.

Engel joined The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1972 when it was a top 10 primetime series and would appear in nearly 60 episodes over its final five seasons. Her dim but well-meaning Georgette was the love interest of self-important anchorman Baxter (Ted Knight), who courted and eventually married her during the November 1975 sweep — though he didn’t seem all that prepared for it. They went on to adopt a child and later had one of their own.

She joined CBS’ mega-hit Everybody Loves Raymond during Season 7 in 2003 and would score back-to-back-to-back Guest Actress Emmy nominations for playing the mother-in-law of Brad Garrett’s Robert Barone. Engel continued to work in TV post-Raymond, appearing in episodes of such series as The Office, Two and a Half Men, Passions and Neighbours. She also recurred as Mamie in 20 episodes of Hot in Cleveland, TV Land’s first scripted series, and her final credit was a 2018 appearance in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.

Along with her work on the big and small screens, Engle appeared in four Broadway shows, including a star turn in the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone (2006-07). Earlier she trod the Main Stem boards in The Boys from Syracuse (2002), My One and Only (1983) and as a late-run replacement in the original production of Hello, Dolly! in 1969.

She was always entertaining on every show and certainly had a very long and successful career. You couldn't help but love her.

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She will be missed, but very fondly remembered by many.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Notre Dame

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So sad to see the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burn today. It is one of the most iconic and recognizable sites in the world (originally built in 1260 AD).

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Hopefully they can rebuild it.

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Rise of Skywalker

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The name and first teaser trailer was just released for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker...



It's the final chapter in this trilogy and, so far, it's looking pretty good.

We'll see how it all ends when it opens on December 20th.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Avengers Assembled

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The original six Avengers will be featured on EW's upcoming covers to promote Avengers: Endgame.

Can't wait until this opens on April 26th.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Life's not fair, is it?

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The first full trailer for the Lion King was released today...



It's certainly looking like a cinematic epic with amazingly realistic CGI animals and landscapes. I have a feeling it's going to make just a "little" money when it's released on July 19th.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

More Tales

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The first trailer for the upcoming continuation of Tales of the City on Netflix was released today...



I've enjoyed all three of the previous Tales of the City series and it's great that they got a lot of the original cast (especially Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis) to return for this fourth series of adventures.

I'm looking forward to watching this when it becomes available on June 7th.

Monday, April 8, 2019

The end is near

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To help tide you over until the final season of Game of Thrones starts airing THIS coming weekend, enjoy this new special effects featurette that goes into all of the amazing work that is put into creating the awesome visuals for the show...

Friday, April 5, 2019

Beastly

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Here's a cool visual effects feature on the upcoming Hellboy remake...



I think I want to see this, but I'm not sure how stabby it's going to be.

We'll see when it opens on April 14th.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Shame

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This promo for the upcoming SNL with Kit Harington is pretty entertaining...



I'm looking forward to watching that.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

No joke

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The first poster for the stand-alone movie, Joker, was released today.

I don't know that I need or want to see a movie just about the Joker, but it's good to know that it's there if I ever feel the need to see one.

The movie opens on October 4th.

Here is the first trailer for the film...



Just what DC needs...another sad/depressing comic character.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Umbrella Academy Season 2

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Great news today...

Netflix's The Umbrella Academy has been renewed for a second season. Based on the award-winning comics by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, the first season of The Umbrella Academy proved to be an absolute hit for Netflix. It actually became the most in-demand superhero TV series, beating even The Flash. Production is expected to be underway from May 2019 through to September 2019.

I loved this series on Netflix.  If you haven't watched it yet...do!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Sisters

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Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams made the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone. They definitely look just a "little" different than they usually do on the show.

You can read the full article here.

I can't wait until the final season starts up again on April 14th.

I really can't.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Another dimension

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A full trailer for the upcoming revival of The Twilight Zone was released today...



Although I don't get CBS All Access, this trailer doesn't really compel me to change that. It doesn't really look scary or intriguing. It just looks a bit chaotic, with all of the quick jumps and cuts. You don't really get a sense of any of the actual stories or situations.

Regardless, we'll see how the reviews are when the series premieres on April 1st.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

It wasn't just a puppy

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A new trailer for John Wick 3: Parabellum was released today...



I really enjoy these movies and can't wait until this one is released on May 17th!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Even Stranger

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The first full trailer for the third season of Stranger Things was released today...



I'm really looking forward to seeing this when it premieres on Netflix July 4th.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Four Story

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The first full trailer for Toy Story 4 was released today...



Surprisingly, I haven't seen ANY of the previous Toy Story films and I'm fairly certain I would enjoy them.

I have some catching up to do before this one opens on June 21st.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Time will tell

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HBO released the dates and episode lengths for the final six episodes of Game of Thrones today...

Season 8, episode 1 Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 14 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) 
Estimated running time: 0:54 

Season 8, episode 2 Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 21 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) 
Estimated running time: 0:58 

Season 8, episode 3 Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 28 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) 
Estimated running time: 1:22 

Season 8, episode 4 Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 5 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) 
Estimated running time: 1:18 

Season 8, episode 5 Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 12 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) 
Estimated running time: 1:20 

Season 8, episode 6 Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 19 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) 
Estimated running time: 1:20

A much shorter season, overall, but several of the episodes are longer than usual.

Bring it!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Whatever it takes

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A new trailer for Avengers: Endgame was released today...



They're definitely doing a good job of not revealing much about the plot or what is going to happen, which I kind of like.

Plus, it's the first trailer with Captain Marvel included.

Me likey.

We'll get to see how it all turns out when it opens on April 26th.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Buckle up

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I guess I should probably see the first one before the sequel comes out on December 13th.

I only have a gazillion other things to watch before it.

I like a challenge.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A whole new trailer

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A new trailer for Aladdin was released today...



This one seems to give a much better look at the overall story and added some of the music that it's known for around the world.

I'm indifferent to this movie, but it does look like it might be a lot of fun.

The movie opens on May 24th.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Captain sparkle fingers

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A new Shazam trailer was released...



Although it doesn't look as serious as most superhero movies, it does look like a lot of fun (maybe more like Guardians of the Galaxy). Plus, early reviews have been pretty good.

I'm looking forward to seeing this when it opens on April 5th.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

So, you love me?

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The first trailer for Amazon's upcoming film, Late Night, was released today...



This looks pretty funny and I love Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, so I'm really looking forward to seeing this when it comes out on June 7th.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

She's back!

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The first poster for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was released today, with the announcement that the sequel will now open on October 18th (moved WAY up from it's original release date of May 2020).

Hopefully that's a good sign.

I loved the first movie, so am really looking forward to seeing this in the Fall.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

They're coming


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The full trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones was released today...



I can't wait!!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Luke Perry

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More sad news today...

Riverdale and Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry died today after suffering a massive stroke last week. He was 52.

Perry had starred as Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews, on the CW’s Riverdale. He began his career in the early 1980s, including an arc on the soap opera Another World, and would become a household name on Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210, starring as Dylan McCay from 1990-95 and again from 1998-2000. 

Born on October 11, 1966, in Mansfield, OH, his other early film credits included 8 Seconds, Normal Life opposite Ashley Judd and the Rodney King drama Riot. His other TV credits included an arc as the ill-fated Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier on HBO prison drama Oz, and the post-apocalyptic 2002-04 Showtime drama Jeremiah.

It's always sad when someone young dies and so unexpectedly. I met him once and he was a really nice guy.

It can happen to any of us on any given day.

Enjoy your life as much as you can, people.

He will be missed.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Katherine Helmond

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Very sad news today...

Actress Katherine Helmond has died. She was 89. Helmond, who famously portrayed mother Mona Robinson in ABC’s Who’s The Boss? for eight years and Jessica Tate on Soap of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at her home in Los Angeles. 

Making her television debut in 1962, the Texas native starred in various plays, shows and films, including Family Plot, Brazil and the Cars movies (in which she voiced Lizzie). 

But her most memorable role would be that of the feisty Mona in Who’s The Boss? (1984-1992), for which she earned two supporting actress Emmy nominations. Before her Who’s The Boss? run, Helmond earned praise for her portrayal of Tate family matriarch in ABC’s soap opera sitcom Soap (1977-1981).

She was a very funny actress and will definitely be missed and fondly remembered.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

You're special, Jean

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A new trailer for the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix was released today...



I'll definitely be all up in that when it opens June 7th.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Energized!

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Star Trek: Discovery has been officially renewed for a third season...

EW reports that CBS has officially confirmed a third season of the show is in the works, planned to air in the U.S. on CBS All Access, Space in Canada, and on Netflix internationally in 2020.

I'm glad that it's continuing to grow and, hopefully, it'll end up on Netflix one of these days, because I still refuse to pay to watch it.

Until then, I look forward to the DVDs coming out.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Trix and Treats

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Melissa McCarthy should win an Oscar just for making us laugh so hard in this Victorian bunny dress she wore during the Academy Awards on Sunday.

Love her.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Winter is here

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HBO released a trailer of their 2019 shows and, in it, are scenes from the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones...



Lots of good shows coming back, but I'm most excited about the final seasons of Veep and Game of Thrones!

Friday, February 22, 2019

2 Quiet

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Looks like the original A Quiet Place team are back for the sequel...

Sources says John Krasinski is returning to direct A Quiet Place 2. He already was on board to write the sequel.We also hear that Emily Blunt’s deal for the sequel is closed. Blunt recently won a Screen Actors Guild best supporting actress award for her turn in the film. Today on Instagram Krasinski announced the sequel’s release date: May 15, 2020.

I'm TOTALLY in for all of this. I loved the first one!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rocketman

The first full trailer for Rocketman was released today...



I don't really know much about Elton John's earlier career (other than he was a singer), so it'll definitely be fun to watch. It'll be interesting to see if this biopic does as well as Bohemian Rhapsody did around the world.

We'll find out when the movie opens on May 31st.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hold me closer

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A behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming Elton John movie, Rocketman, was released today. In it, we get to see some new clips from the movie and hear Taron Egerton record some of Tiny Dancer.



He's definitely got a similar sound as Elton, so it just might work out.

We'll find out when the movie opens on May 31st.

Monday, February 18, 2019

All Americans?

The trailer for the seventh and final season of Veep was released today...



It's looking as entertaining as ever and I can't wait to start watching it on March 31st.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Skywalker, out!

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The last of the Skywalker-focused Star Wars movies opens on December 20th.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Chilly Beans

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The first trailer for Frozen 2 was released today...



Disney should really just take everyone's paycheck now...because they're just gonna get ALL the money when it opens on November 22nd.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Bottled Up

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A new trailer for the upcoming live-action movie, Aladdin, was just released and we finally get to see Will Smith in all his blue glory as the genie...



I haven't seen the original, but I'm guessing that's not going to stop this movie from making all the monies at the box office when it opens on May 24th.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Albert Finney

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Sad news today...

Oscar-nominated actor Albert Finney, one of the great British actors of his generation who made a worldwide name for himself in 1963’s Tom Jones and maintained a strong career through 2012’s Skyfall, died Thursday in London. He was 82. 

Among his Oscar-nominated performances were roles in Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser, Under the Volcano and Erin Brockovich.Other highlights of his shape-shifting career include Two for the Road (1967), Scrooge (1970), Annie (1982), The Dresser (1983), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000), Big Fish (2003), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007) and The Bourne Legacy (2012). 

While his early reputation was staked largely on drama, Finney found some of what would become his most beloved roles in outsized comedic performances, from his mean-as-dirt Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1970 musical version of the Dickens classic, to his Daddy Warbucks in Annie.

He was a great actor and had a very long and successful career.

He will be missed.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Posers

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A few new pics from the final season of Game of Thrones were released today...

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Enjoyable.